Category Archives: Health

Kiwis Taking To ‘Hillbilly Heroin’

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Author: Shane Cowlishaw

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New Zealanders are popping prescription pills with alarming regularity, and a painkiller known as "hillbilly heroin" is being handed out too easily. Results from this year's Global Drug Survey, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that, of the 5731 New Zealand respondents, two-thirds had used prescription anti-pain or anti-anxiety drugs...

Ways to Control Dreaming

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Author: Tiffanie Wen

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In 2008, Isaac Katz, a civil service officer, passed away just before reaching his 78th birthday. He had been struggling with cardiovascular problems for some time. His son, Arnon Katz, now a 47-year-old tech entrepreneur, was beside himself with grief, and frustrated by the fact that he would never speak to...

Gateway Drug, To What?

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Author: Charles Eisenstein

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You've probably heard about those addiction studies with caged lab rats, in which the rats compulsively press the heroin dispensing lever again and again, even to the point of choosing it over food and starving themselves to death. These studies seemed to imply some pretty disheartening things about human nature....

This Is What It’s Like To Have Bipolar Disorder

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Author: Susan Scutti - Video

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Vincent van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Kurt Cobain. What do these uncommon and distinctive personalities have in common? Bipolar disorder. Sometimes called manic-depression, this brain disorder causes dramatic mood swings from depressing lows to manic highs. Although this mental illness is often portrayed in poetic terms, with patients experiencing unimaginable euphoria...

A Hard Childhood Accelerates Kids’ Cellular Aging

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Author: Carl Engelking

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In the musical “Annie,” a youthful Shirley Temple sings about the strenuous life of an orphan in “It’s the Hard Knock Life.” As it turns out, little Annie was wise beyond her years. A new study shows that children from stressful, disadvantaged social environments get kicked even at the cellular...

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

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Author: James Hamblin

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Forty-one million IQ points. That’s what Dr. David Bellinger determined Americans have collectively forfeited as a result of exposure to lead, mercury, and organophosphate pesticides. In a 2012 paper published by the National Institutes of Health, Bellinger, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, compared intelligence quotients among children...

The Health Costs of our Late-Night Light Addiction

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Author: Eli Chen

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In the summer of 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a new policy stating that nighttime light exposure is hazardous to human health. “The primary human concerns with nighttime lighting include disability glare [the reduction of visibility caused by bright light, and a major driving risk]... and various health...

Rick Simpson’s Canadian Cancer Cures

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Author: Paul Fassa

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Cannabis oil and its variations have made mainstream news with its positive effects and cures on various diseases, including cancer, a disease that the medical establishment only complicates or worsens, often to the point of killing the patient. All with great expense to create financial burdens. Earlier this century, a...

Why Do Low Nutrition Diets Extend Life?

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Author: Margo Adler

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UNSW scientists have developed a new evolutionary theory on why consuming a diet that is very low in nutrients extends lifespan in laboratory animals - research that could hold clues to promoting healthier ageing in humans. Scientists have known for decades that severely restricted food intake reduces the incidence of...